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tonight at ten, the people of sri lanka have marked a week since the bomb attacks which took place on easter sunday. prayers in the street to remember the 250 killed by islamist extremists — we report from colombo. here they espouse a kind humanity, the very notion dismissed by the bombers. in the latest security response, the sri lankan government bans any form of face—covering that might stop someone from being identified. we'll have the latest from colombo and the controversial security measure being enforced from tomorrow. also tonight: in spain, a high turnout in the general election, with a far—right party expected to perform strongly. more prominent health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers because of growing concern
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over levels of addiction. jansson hasn't got the memo, but adomah will put it in, and we are back where we started. and in today's football, why leeds united were ordered by their manager to give away a goal. good evening. the people of sri lanka have been marking a week since the bomb attacks which claimed the lives of at least 250 people on easter sunday. the attackers were islamist extremists who targeted christian worshippers in church services, as well as people in some of colombo‘s biggest hotels. this evening, the sri lankan government announced that from tomorrow they will ban any form of face—covering that might stop someone from being identified. let's join my colleague
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clive myrie in colombo. huw, that order, which would obviously affect people who were full face veils, will be seen by many muslims as an attack on them, their faith many muslims as an attack on them, theirfaith and many muslims as an attack on them, their faith and their culture, but their faith and their culture, but the president says, under emergency laws which were put in place a few days ago, that he has the right to do it in national security, on national security grounds, so a lot of controversy about that. but, frankly, today has been about the victims and those who died seven days ago when a number of places here in this country were bombed on easter sunday. seven days ago, the devout gathered at st anthony's church to mark the resurrection of christ. today, they gathered again. but this time with the army
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and police, a security cordon and a sense of fear, because the sounds of screams filled the church at 8245 last sunday morning. at 8245 today, bells tolled for the dead. bells toll the bombers may have killed and maimed, but they haven't diminished the devotion of worshippers to venerate their god, even out here on the streets. here they espouse a kind humanity — the very notion dismissed by the bombers. but some have had a crisis of faith. lighting a candle for his own family, this man had just left the church with two of his sons when the suicide bombers struck. his wife, another son and
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a baby daughter were still inside. "i believed in god," he told me, "but some in my family have no life, i pray to god he will heal them." meet his four—month—old daughter — her tiny body badly burned. her mother and older brother are in intensive care. three reasons, perhaps, to lose faith. in all, 19 children ended up at this hospital after the bombings. many others died. this child is five years old. her brother and grandmother are dead at the hands of one of the suicide bombers. her throat, badly scarred by the blast, will recover, but how scarred is her mind?
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she still hasn't been told her relatives are dead. this is the alleged mastermind behind senseless murder, zahran hashim. and this is the result of his conspiracy, the bombing of saint anthony's. he died blowing up a hotel, while his father and two brothers, co—conspirators, are now dead after a police raid. today, we were allowed inside the still damaged st anthony's church. members of the sri lankan navy trying to clean away the stain of violence to restore this house of god. they reckon it will be about a month, maybe two, before this place is handed back to the people for worship. and what happened here is destined to be passed down the ages, along with all the other acts of religious intolerance that blacken history. this country will move on,
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like others darkened by fanatics. and the fervent hope is that the trauma of one week ago will unite sri lanka rather than divide it. and that is the fair, it is exactly what the bombers want, a splintering, a fracturing of the multilayered, complicated religious and ethnic mix of this country. battles between its papers have been bloody and costly in the past, the country has only just bloody and costly in the past, the country has onlyjust come out or very near 30 year civil war, but peace has been maintained for the last decade. the big question is, will it last? huw, back to you. live, many thanks again, clive myrie for us in colombo. spain's been voting in a general election that's been one of the most divisive in decades. the election‘s been marked by the rise of a far—right party called vox which opposes multiculturalism and unrestricted immigration. exit polls tonight suggest the ruling socialist party have won the vote, but without an overall majority, so they'd have to form
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a coalition government. 0ur europe editor, katya adler, is in madrid. and let's start by talking about the performance of these far right party. well, yes, with almost all the votes counted now, huw, it hit looks like the populist, nationalist vox party has performed strongly, winning a bunch of seeds in the spanish parliament for the first time, but what we cannot talk about tonight, huw, is a massive swing to the far right in spain. vox looks to become spain's fifth largest party with the ce ntre—left spain's fifth largest party with the centre—left the largest, and the left—wing coalition they are now likely to form will likely leave many spaniards feeling angry, because they specifically voted against that today. spaniards today were on a mission, crowding into polling stations. for them, this is no run—of—the—mill general election. with politics here polarised,
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today's vote, some here told us, was a fight for spain's soul. i'm nervous, because i want the people i support to win, but at the same time i'm kind of excited. translation: there is so much at stake in spain today, the unity of spain, the integrity of spain, the identity of spain. spain has suffered something of an identity crisis, triggered by the push for catalan independence. sales in spanish flags have shot up here over the last couple of years. now, for the first time since the death of spain's 20th military dictator, francisco franco, a far—right party has won seats — a sizeable chunk of them, it seems — in the spanish parliament. vox promises to make spain great again — that phrase sound familiar?
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it beats the nationalist drum, promising to preserve spanish culture, including more controversial traditions like bull—fighting. we need to be proud about our country, in a way that we haven't been for a long, long time, defending the unity of spain, the history of spain, your values, your systems, your flag. and the link with franco that's being made? what link with franco? franco's been dead for 45 years, we weren't even born when franco died, there's no link with franco. like populist nationalists in france and italy, vox is tough on immigration, on islam and on crime, but... vox is extremely spain—centric — it is pro—bull—fighting, pro—eu, anti—catalan independence. but in this country, split left and right since the spanish civil war, vox, unlike other populist movements across europe, has failed to attract disaffected workers who traditionally vote for the left. in fact, exit polls suggest vox succeeded in splintering
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the spanish right and rejuvenating the centre—left — something spain's socialist prime minister was hoping for when he cast his ballot this morning. i caught up with madrid's mayor just after she voted. she fought against spain's fascist dictator in her youth. translation: nowadays, politics in spain is angry, people are disillusioned. but i voted here in madrid in spain's first democratic elections after dictatorship. we managed to end basque terrorism — we'll find a solution to divided politics. maybe, but deep political divisions seem to have become the new normal in europe — look at france, italy, uk. if, as predicted, left—wing parties now form spain's new government, that will leave many in this country feeling alienated and resentful. katya adler, bbc news, madrid. there will be much more prominent
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health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers, such as morphine, codeine, and fentanyl, because of growing concern over levels of addiction. official figures in england and wales reveal a 60% increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the past decade. the department of health says people needed protection "from the darker side of painkillers", because opioids can cause "life—altering and sometimes fatal addictions", as our correspondent katherine da costa reports. doctors say opioids should be used for short—term pain relief following an operation orfor end—of—life care, but not to manage long—term chronic pain because they can be highly addictive and even fatal. lisa peake from south london was hooked on a cocktail of prescription painkillers for nearly three years after a road accident left her with chronic neck pain. my sleep was affected, my internal systems were affected, my bowels were affected, my mood, my mental health. it was quite tough going.
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if i had have known how addictive they were and the effects that they would have on my body, and ultimately my life, i would have sought from the doctor different ways to help that pain management. in the last decade, opioid prescriptions in england and wales have increased by more than 60% from over 14 million in 2008 to 23 million in 2018, while the number of codeine—related deaths has more than doubled. the health secretary, matt hancock, says clearer labelling is needed to make sure people are fully aware of the risks. that could mean bold and graphic cigarette—style health warnings on packaging. when patients come to see us and they are in pain, they want help, and we want to help them. we need things that do not involve a prescription. we need early access to physiotherapy and early access to good quality pain clinics. lisa hopes the changes will help others avoid the misery she has experienced as a result of her addiction to painkillers. katharine da costa, bbc news.
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now, at westminster tomorrow, senior conservative and labour figures will resume talks to try to find some common ground on brexit. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, is under increasing pressure from within his party to back another referendum on brexit ahead of a key party meeting on tuesday. 0ur political correspondent iain watson is at westminster. iain, whatare iain, what are the prospects for these talks, do you think? well, huw, i think both sides want to be seen to be striving for a deal, a month after we were supposed to be leaving the eu, documents have been going to and fro over the weekend, andi going to and fro over the weekend, and i am told they are exploring a customs union, a sticking point so far, but there is no expectation they will reach agreement, and jeremy corbyn has been coming under renewed pressure from many of his own members to commit to a referendum on whatever deal emerges. currently, the labour position on a referendum is only to back it in very limited circumstances to avoid a bad tory deal, as they would say
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it, or no deal at all. but now deputy leader tom watson is urging activists to lobby the ruling national executive to strengthen a commitment to a referendum when they meet on tuesday to discuss the pa rty‘s meet on tuesday to discuss the party's european meet on tuesday to discuss the pa rty‘s european election meet on tuesday to discuss the party's european election manifesto, proving that, with brexit, it is difficult not just to proving that, with brexit, it is difficult notjust to get agreement between the parties but within them as well. iain, thank you for the latest. the scottish national party is to send a leaflet to every home in scotland making the economic case for independence. the party leader and first minister, nicola sturgeon, told the snp spring conference that the last three years had shown beyond any doubt that the westminster system was broken. ms sturgeon has already said she wants to hold another referendum on scottish independence by 2021. 0ur scotland editor, sarah smith, reports from edinburgh. she came to tell them what they've all been so eagerly waiting to hear — that she is ready for another scottish referendum. the party has now got a new economic policy they think could win them independence,
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so the campaign starts now. we must have the choice of a better future. scotland must have the choice of an independent future. she and her party are buoyed by polls suggesting voters are moving their way. support for independence is already up. 0urjob now is to get support for independence surging and make sure that no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland's right to choose. before anyone can choose, the uk government has to agree to holding a referendum. nicola sturgeon set out what the real challenge now is — she has to demonstrate there is a real desire for another independence vote if she is to try and force the westminster government to allow one. all the troops are ready. the country is ready. it's time for change, this brexit nonsense has gone on far too long. do you really think there will be a referendum
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in the next couple of years? i believe so. nicola sturgeon has set that out in her plan. the party are getting ready, with plans to deliver a brochure on independence to every household in scotland this summer. but they can't say for sure when any vote might be. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. this coming week, a public inquiry looking at how thousands of nhs patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and ‘80s gets under way. so far, around 3000 people have died as a result of the infections. the scandal is considered to be one of the worst—ever disasters in the history of the nhs. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. he just looks at me and goes, "that's your life for the next two years," and then i said, "what do you mean by that?" and he goes, "well, you've got about two years to live." that's when it hit me. it was the moment martin was told he had hiv in the 1980s, because the nhs had given him
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a blood product for his haemophilia which turned out to be infected. years later, he saw evidence doctors had known about his infection but not told him. i saw the letter, dated 1985, between one hospital and another, discussing me and the fact that they knew i was hiv positive but they did not wish me to know. that isjust staggering. it is a deadly disease and there is no known cure... it was a time when there was uncertainty and fear about hiv and aids. 0fficial public—health adverts underlined that, and that created stigma for those infected with hiv. so protect yourself... my cousin, who also contracted hiv through haemophilia, he passed away. at his funeral, i could feel the eyes burning into me,
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looking at me, thinking, "how long's he got?" martin was confronted with unjustified fears he had aids. he was a regular player with his local pub pool team and was thrown out, and later he lost his job. one day, the bosses called me in, and they said to me, "the rest of the workforce are not happy," and they basically said either i go or they go. and i was forced out. and i've never worked since. the inquiry will look at why the clotting agent given to haemophiliacs was often imported and made from blood sold by donors, including prison inmates. infected blood supplies were also given to patients needing transfusions. since the launch lastjuly, the inquiry team has carried out a nationwide trawl for official files. now they're being painstakingly reviewed.
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just one of these boxes contains 900 documents. it's thought, by the end of the inquiry, literally millions of pages will have been examined. there have been allegations of a high—level cover—up, and the inquiry will try to establish who knew what and when. for martin, it's a chance to get to the truth after decades of waiting. i would like some answers, i would like some openness. if there is anybody out there who is... em, guilty of a really... to a high degree, you know... then maybe they should be punished. but that's not for me to say. martin beard ending that report there by our health editor, hugh pym. with all the day's
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sports news now, here's holly at the bbc sport centre. good evening. mo farah could only manage fifth in the london marathon, unable to keep the pace set by world—record holder eliud kipchoge. the kenyan won with the second fastest marathon time in history to win it for a record fourth time. 0ur correspondent joe wilson was there. when the cameras swooped to find the elite group, it was kenya's eliud kipchoge in control — of course it was. mo farah was toughing it out behind. kipchoge beat him to cross the line in the quickest time london's ever witnessed. farah said he had no regrets about his comments in the build—up but finishing fifth was not the plan. brigid kosgei made her victory look easy, as did manuela schar of switzerland in the women's wheelchair event. 20—year—old american daniel romanchuk won the men's race. but there were 40,000 stories. of course, everybody runs the london marathon in their own way, everybody has personal goals,
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but like the incredibles here, so many are raising money for so many others. this year, the billionth pound for charity in london marathon history was raised. but the finishing line is still too low. hang on — stop the clock, stop the clock. joe wilson, bbc news, central london. arsenal have been crowned women's super league champions with a game to spare, after thrashing brighton 4—0. in front of a wsl record crowd, the gunners led 2—0 by the break, before beth meade added to their tally in the second half, ending their seven—year wait for the title. if you don't want to know today's premier league results, please look away now. manchester city have returned to the top after narrowly beating burnley i—0, thanks to sergio aguero's second—half goal, which was eventually awarded using goal—line technology. it means pep guardiola's side are just two games away from retaining the title. elsewhere, chelsea held manchester united to a draw, while arsenal lost to leicester.
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in the scottish premiership, rangers have postponed celtic‘s title celebrations for another week with victory over aberdeen, while the edinburgh derby ended in a 1—1 draw. sheffield united will return to the top flight next season after their promotion challengers, leeds united, could only manage a 1—1 draw with aston villa. however, that result came under extraordinary circumstances at elland road, and a controversial sporting gesture, as adam wild reports. in sheffield, united's players could only sit and watch, their promotion to the premier league would be decided on the other side of yorkshire. an unusual situation, but what they were watching would be quite extraordinary. rivals leeds united, if they failed to beat aston villa, their promotion would be secured, but things are buried at simple. with an aston villa player injured in the centre circle, his team—mates all but stopped, waiting
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for leeds to stop too. they didn't. in fact, they carried on and scored, prompting pandemonium on the field and furious rows off it. amidst the chaos, aston villa were reduced to ten men, but then the instruction from leeds manager marcelo belzer, and things got stranger. from the kick—off, aston villa were allowed to walk the ball almost unopposed to the other end, a bizarre sequence of events, but one that sparked wild celebrations over in sheffield, united promoted back to the premier league, an incredible achievement in extraordinary circumstances. you can find much more sport on the bbc sport website. that is all from us, huw, back to you. that is it from us, now on bbc 0ne it is time for the news where you are. have a good night.
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the united nations says many villages in northern mozambique have been entirely wiped out by cyclone kenneth, which hit on thursday. with heavy rainfall predicted for the next few days, there are also fears that many communities will face severe flooding. mozambique is still recovering from cyclone idai, which killed hundreds of people further south last month. donna larsen reports.
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where families once lived now standing as shells, corrugated iron roofs contorted by the wind, littering the ground. these homes were ripped apart by the strongest cyclone ever to hit this region. jamal‘s shop was just one of so many ravaged by the storm. translation: the wind destroyed the farms and the palm trees. the farms don't have anything, we lost everything. here in the village, as you see, 300 houses have been destroyed. the view from above provides some idea of the scale of destruction, villages completely flattened. the united nations has described the damage as heartbreaking. these villages have been entirely wiped out. they look like they have been run over by a bulldozer. people are asking first for shelter, then they need water purification and they need food. almost 20,000 people are now living
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in makeshift displacement centres, set up in schools and churches. more heavy rain is forecast for mozambique over the coming days and with rivers already swollen, the threat of severe flooding continues to loom large. people here now face the daunting reality that the worst could be yet to come. hundreds of american servicemen who died while rehearsing the d—day landings 75 years ago off the devon coast have been remembered in a special ceremony. 749 troops died when convoys training for the normandy landings were attacked by german boats near sla pton sands. 0ur correspondent robert hall reports. around an american tank dragged from the seabed in a landscape once full of us troops, memories of a d—day rehearsal that ended in tragedy. the ships were burning, ordnance was exploding, fuel tanks and the sea were on fire. many soldiers drowned.
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slapton sands was a near perfect match for conditions on utah beach in normandy, but as a convoy of eight landing craft packed with tanks and troops headed for south devon, it was attacked by german fast patrol boats. four vessels were sunk or damaged. many of the nearly 750 dead were never found. for decades, secrecy shrouded the tragedy at slapton sands, but us families who followed a trail to devon found villages which continued to remember those they'd lost. above the beach today, soldiers from britain's royal tank regiment helped to lay boot prints representing a loss of life six times greater than in the real attack at utah beach. i want people to think about the hundreds of young men from so far away who never actually saw their own front door again. on both sides of the atlantic, there is a determination that the story of slapton sands must be shared and passed on.
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robert hall, bbc news, devon. time for a look at the weather. good evening. for almost all of us, today was the more clement day of the weekend. we said farewell to storm hannah. some of us even got to see some sunshine. that was how it looked for a weather watcher in east sussex. there were some showers around and more generally cloudy conditions across western parts of the uk, with some splashes of rain. you can see that cloud on the satellite picture. we have a slow—moving weather front draped across western parts of the country. it's not going to make much progress eastwards over the next couple of days. through tonight, it will bring cloud and some patchy rain into south—west england, west wales, northern ireland, the isle of man and the far south—west of scotland. elsewhere, some mist and fog patches starting to form and in eastern areas, quite a chilly night. for the north—east and scotland, there could be a localised frost. but tomorrow, for most of us it is looking dry, with spells of sunshine,
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but our pesky weather front will still bring cloud and patchy rain for northern ireland, west wales and the far south—west of england. early mist and fog clearing, but there will be patchy cloud around in the afternoon. the best of the sunshine is across scotland, and that is where we'll have the highest temperatures. as we go into tuesday, a similar day of weather. frontal system still only scraping into western parts. some rain, which could be heavy across northern ireland. elsewhere, largely dry with spells of sunshine once any early fog has cleared. tuesday will be the warmest day of the week for most of us. it could get to 19 or 20 across parts of scotland. as we move into wednesday, that front which has been lingering out west makes some progress eastwards. not much wind to push it along, so it's in no mood to move quickly. it becomes marooned on top of the british isles on wednesday. a band of cloud initially, but it may reinvigorate to give showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. ahead of that front, still some warmth, but behind it,


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